Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Lions, Murders, and Ghosts! Oh my!

I would like to write about something a little more lighthearted (kind of). This last weekend we went away with some friends for an overnight "Murder Mystery". This entailed a stay at the Stone Lion Inn, a bona fide haunted house that has become a bed and breakfast inn. There was a candle light dinner followed by mystery solving in the library after dinner. We were all sent parts to play in the story a couple of weeks ago, along with some background information on the story. In this particular mystery, we were all possible heirs of the recent find of Elmer McCurdy's fortune. Elmer was a real person and was really buried in the nearby cemetery. The part about the recently found fortune and his many wives hence many children and grandchildren (that was us) was fiction.

We would have even visited his grave before dinner had there not been a ferocious thunderstorm that stuck around for the entire night. This made the whole experience even more creepy and real. You can't stage a good thunderstorm, and during the candlelight dinner it got so bad the lights even went out for a while. Couldn't have planned it better. That was just as the "murdered" character had just been discovered. Couple that with the fact that I had been researching the supposed "ghosts" that haunt this house (as featured on the TV show Ghost Hunters), I started to get the "willies". As the evening went on I relaxed. By bedtime I even decided that if little Augusta (the 8 year old ghost) came to visit me in the night, I would just visit back..."hi sweetie, yada-yada-yada".

Our group were not the only guests. In all there were about 40 of us. I was pleasantly surprised at how much fun I ended up having. Chris was an absolute ham and played his part to perfection. A former OU quarterback turned TV evangelist. Yeah, you can imagine. He made me SO proud. I don't know if I would recommend it for what it cost us, but had it been a tad less expensive, definitely would.

Mostly I was very glad to spend time with Johnny and Kellie, who we don't get to see often enough. On the way back we stopped at Pops in Arcadia OK on old Route 66. They claim to have at least 500 different sodas in the cooler for you to enjoy. We had grapefruit, root beer, ginger beer, espresso soda, sangria soda, and remember Jolt Cola? The BLT with egg salad was pretty tasty too. Good times.


Fred said...

I haven't done a murder mystery in over 14 years and I was just reading about one last week in Southwest's magazine ... glad you guys got to spend time with the Gaffneys :-)

HeyJade said...

Wow, that looks like so much fun! Glad you guys enjoyed it!

Kay said...

It's a shame I don't drink carbonation any more. That's a lot of choices.

And I can image Chris playing the part.

Kay said...

Oh, and Miss Mavis is a sweetie. But did you know, she snores?